Tebow named ‘Great Floridian'

Tim Tebow makes his way to the set of ESPN's College Gameday before the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 2.

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Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will receive the “Great Floridian” award Friday, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced. The governor will present the New York Jets backup quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner with the honor Friday at 3 p.m. at the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tebow is in town for his annual golf tournament.

The designation recognizes “the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.” Only 66 people have received the “Great Floridian” award since 1981, including former governors, writers, civil rights activists, athletes and educators, the governor's office said. Two "great Floridians" are chosen each year by the secretary of state from a list of nominees. Tebow helped lead the Gators to two national championships.

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